The title for Eric Bohr’s exhibition is Levant, a word borrowed from the French levant meaning 'rising', that is, the point where the sun rises, and refers to the lands and islands at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, from Egypt to Turkey.
In this current series of mixed media paintings Bohr contemplates that rich region of the world. Using various materials, including acrylic, ink, wax and plaster treated paper and cloth on canvas, the body of work is an apolitical and imaginary exploration of cultures, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt and many others, that have lately captured the world’s attention with popular uprisings and continuing struggles. The paintings are an imaginary journey into these places, and the dreams and fantasies that they create in the artist’s mind.
Eric Bohr was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan and apprenticed with Michael Jacobs in Venice, California. He has exhibited his work in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.